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September 13, 2003


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 'Just Ducky'
photo by Gigi Pilcher

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Ketchikan International Airport
photo by Dick Kauffman

"We intend for Ketchikan's airport to
operate more like those in Juneau and Sitka, where people have free access to the restaurants, gift shops and other concessionaires, then progress through security screening in time to board or meet their flights." Governor Murkowski

Ketchikan: Front Page Photo: Just Ducky - All summer long the wild mallards living at Bar Harbor have delighted summer visitors and local Ketchikan residents alike. The flock of ducks lives in and around Bar Harbor. Among the wild mallards is one lone white duck. Read more....
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

Ketchikan & Statewide: Governor Announces Alaska Hire Agreement with TSA; Agreement will improve Alaskan hire for airport security jobs and will streamline security procedures at the Ketchikan airport - Governor Frank Murkowski on Friday reached agreement with federal officials to improve Alaskan hire for airport security jobs and to streamline security procedures at the Ketchikan airport. Read more...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

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Ketchikan & Statewide: TSA Hiring Part-time Security Screeners at Alaska Airports; Ketchikan International Airport Included On List - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday it is recruiting part-time federal security screeners to work at airports in Alaska. Included on the list is the Ketchikan International Airport.

The recruitment of part-time screeners is part of TSA's rightsizing plan, offering the flexibility needed to optimize staffing at checkpoints, ensuring special attention during peak passenger times.

"TSA is looking for dedicated men and women to step forward and serve on the front lines of the war against terror," said Adm. James M. Loy, Administrator of TSA. - Read more...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

Alaska: BELUGA WHALE SUBSISTENCE HARVEST EIS RELEASED - National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Alaska Region Administrator Dr. James Balsiger has released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the management of the Cook Inlet beluga whale subsistence harvest. The agency expects to make a decision in approximately one month.

The document, which can be viewed electronically online, evaluated alternative ways of managing subsistence harvest of the Cook Inlet beluga whales, while allowing for the recovery of the stock. - Read more...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

We have not forgotten...

Photograph submitted by USMC 1st Sgt Dave Jobe

From Iraq: 'WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN' - 1st Sgt Dave Jobe wrote... the proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that was by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country....
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

Boat Fire Extinguished
photo by Gigi Pilcher

Ketchikan: Boat Fire Extinguished - The Harry Newell Fire boat, the U.S. Coast Guard and several Ketchikan Fire Department engines, ambulances and fire fighters responded to a small boat fire Friday morning.

At approximately 11:15 Friday morning, the 'Brenda Kim', a 30 foot charter boat reported it had an engine fire. The boat was leaving the Tongass Narrows near Carrs when the report was made.

The fire was extinguished by the Ketchikan Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard towed the disabled boat to Bar Harbor.

There were no injuries reported. - View a larger photo...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project manager John Schaake stands on top of flood gates that control the flow of the Chena River. - Photo by Ned Rozell

Alaska: Fixing the Fatal Flaw of Fairbanks by Ned Rozell - Natural hazards were not on the minds of Alaska pioneers who hacked homesites out of the wilderness that would later become Anchorage, Valdez, and Fairbanks, but each city has a fatal flaw. Much of Anchorage sits on soils that are unstable when shaken during an earthquake. The same problem forced Valdez to move from the floodplain of the Lowe River to a bedrock townsite after the 1964 earthquake.

The Army Corps of Engineers was able to take much of the risk out of Fairbanks' most obvious danger-the flooding of the Chena River. - Read more...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

photoSlugs: New research finds garlic kills slugs - Scientists from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne have found the pungent herb garlic could win the costly worldwide war against slugs and snails as an environmentally friendly pesticide.

The findings are published in the current edition of the academic journal, Crop Protection. Lead researcher Dr Gordon Port spoke about the effective alternatives to chemical pesticides, with special reference to slugs, at the BA Festival of Science Friday. - Read more...
Saturday - September 13, 2003 - 12:30 am

photoWorld: Burning oil cloud above northern Iraq - A burning oil pipeline in northern Iraq produced an immense cloud of black smoke that stretched across thousands of square kilometres, in this image acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer.
The smoke cloud is visible in the centre of this image of the alluvial plain occupied by the valley of the river Tigris (flowing from the top centre of the image) and the Euphrates (flowing from the top left corner).

The Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) on ESA's Envisat environmental satellite acquired the image on 30 August, the same day as the media reported a fire affecting a segment of oil pipeline near the town of Hawija. - Read more...
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